Twitter API v2 rolled out in August

By David Cohen

7 mins ago

Twitter unveiled Twitter API v2 in July, marking a complete rebuild of its application-programming interface, and the update officially rolled out in August. This week, the social network shared some of its plans for 2021.

An academic research product track will debut early next year to give qualified academic researchers a significantly higher monthly tweet volume cap free-of-charge, as well as endpoints and enhanced features to get more precise and complete data for analyzing the public conversation.

Twitter wrote in a blog post this week, “Today, academic researchers are one of the largest groups of people using the Twitter API to study the public conversation to understand what’s happening. Our goal is to support even more of this work, so we are building a solution tailored for research needs. For the past several weeks, select academics on our platform have helped us hone in on this by participating in a private beta of a new academic research product track.”

The social network also plans to streamline and simplify the process for businesses using the API with its business product track, which will kick off with a track dedicated to business use cases that will allow businesses to apply for elevated access.

Twitter wrote, “Many thousands of developers have already started using Twitter API v2 with basic access in the standard product track. We know that some developers will need greater levels of access before they can dig deeper into new endpoints—teachers, activists and artists, to name a few. Before we’re done building, we’re planning to offer paths to elevated access in the standard product track. We also know you need more features to fully build, so we’ll continue releasing updates to existing endpoints, adding support for new Twitter features (like the hide replies endpoint) and other new functionality like OAuth 2.”

The social network concluded, “The new Twitter API will graduate from its current early access phase to general access when we are confident that all types of developers can successfully migrate to the new API, including having both the endpoints and access levels they need. We plan to provide plenty of migration time and resources to help when we do announce any upcoming deprecations.”